ANOTHER Labour MP today quit the party in protest against Jeremy Corbyn.
Ian Austin resigned from Labour after 14 years as MP for Dudley North – but he won’t join the new Independent Group.
Ian Austin is the latest MP to quit the Labour party this week
He said: “I have become ashamed of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn.”
In a furious blast, Mr Austin claimed party bosses were tougher on the people who expose anti-Semitism than on the racists themselves.
The 53-year-old, a close ally of Gordon Brown, has long been one of Mr Corbyn’s fiercest critics.
He is the ninth Labour MP to leave the party this week, but said he’s not planning to join the anti-Brexit Independent Group founded by Chuka Umunna.
Mr Austin represents a pro-Leave seat, and is backing Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
I am appalled at the offence and distress Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party have caused to Jewish peopleIan Austin
He announced his resignation in his local Express & Star newspaper.
The MP blasted: “The Labour party has been my life, so this has been the hardest decision I have ever had to take, but I have to be honest and the truth is that I have become ashamed of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn.
“I am appalled at the offence and distress Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party have caused to Jewish people.
“The hard truth is that the party is tougher on the people complaining about anti-Semitism than it is on the anti-Semites.”
Mr Austin worked for Gordon Brown when the Labour heavyweight was Chancellor, before becoming an MP in 2005.
He was on the front benches under both Mr Brown and Ed Miliband, but when Mr Corbyn became leader he was cast into the wilderness.
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Last year party chiefs launched a formal probe into Mr Austin after he called Labour’s anti-Semitism rules a “disgrace”.
Mr Corbyn has been rocked by the resignation of a string of centrist MPs who oppose his hard-left economic agenda and failure to stamp out racism in Labour.
Eight former Labour MPs have formed the Independent Group along with three rebel Tories – and more are threatening to join if the party boss doesn’t listen to their concerns.
AFP Mr Austin is furious with the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn
PA:Press Association The Independent Group which was formed this week
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